Maria Vejdani has studied, coached, and performed a variety of musical styles. By fusing her love of classical, jazz, global and electronic music, Maria is creating a unique voice in the Twin Cities music scene. Maria holds a BA in Vocal Music Education from Luther College in Decorah, IA and recently completed her MM in Vocal Performance at McNally Smith College of Music. During her undergraduate career she sang in the world renowned Luther College Nordic Choir under the direction of Craig Arnold. As a graduate student, Maria was a member and Assistant Director of the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, member of the World Vocal Ensemble, Associate Director of the MSCM Chorus and served as the Voice Department Teaching Assistant.
Maria is an active member of the Minnesota choral community. She is a frequent presenter, clinician, and adjudicator, most recently at the MMEA Winter Conference (2015), Perpich Center for Arts Education (2015), and the McNally Smith Vocal Jazz Festival (2015 & 2016). She currently serves as Adjunct Voice Faculty and Executive Director of the MSCM Chorus. Maria performs regularly in the Twin Cities with guitarist, Tomás Simpson, in their jazz duo, Tempestad. She is currently working on a solo EP.